An album born out of a Frenchman’s love for early Death and early 80’s Death Metal, this release not only manages to recreate the evil atmosphere of those early bands but also maintains a high level of originality. Speaking of the atmosphere, Putrid Death Sorcery contains some of the most otherworldly atmospheres in recent Death Metal albums; the guitars create an immensely stifling aura which one can really only describe as sounding like they were recorded in a crypt. Vlad’s vocal delivery in of itself, a heavy use of lower pitched shrieks with some added reverb, invokes images of things that would send a man insane. The drums and bass, as provided by session musician Mörkk and band member Amphycion respectively, carry the album along into the descent of madness with staple Death Metal styled playing.
The production quality is rather modern and complements the album rather well; a weaker or lower quality production would only serve to muddy the guitars, as the suffocating atmosphere provided by them sits on this blurred line between chaotic and well, just bad, so thankfully the production boosts this into the chaotic realm.
The song writing on this album is extremely high quality, as Vlad and Amphycion have put together intense, suffocating fast sections and slower passages of doom (not the genre, but the feeling) with Vlad’s extremely well placed vocals to, again, create this unescapable atmosphere. This atmosphere that I keep singing praises for also happens to hold the biggest potential Achilles’ heel for this album however; this sort of atmosphere can easily turn from a delirious, unnatural horror to sheer boredom over a long album runtime due to the niche nature of its style. Necrowretch manage to cull this concern though, by reigning in the album at 35 minutes, which leaves the listener gripped by the album without teetering on the edge of boredom.
The way the songs are written, with the stifling atmosphere in mind, can lead to another point of contention in which there’s no real massive differences between each of the tracks presented here. That’s not to say that each song on here is a carbon copy of another, there’s too much quality song writing present to allow that to happen, but the riffs, while top fucking quality, are not memorable compared to something like the riffs from Cannibal Corpse’s material. This is an album built on its atmosphere, even the album cover reeks of this atmosphere and it is done damn bloody well.
This is an album definitely worth picking up for people who love unworldly, horrific and stifling atmospheres in their death metal.